Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

What warms your heart?

Two things that always warm my heart are my godson Colin and Swiss cows! Every morning during my recent two-week stay in Switzerland, I would wake up in time to go have breakfast with my godson (who lives next door to where I was staying with my parents) and then go for a morning walk along the lake near my parents’ home. Colin and I would discuss the World Cup soccer matches over fresh berries and cream. His passion for soccer is contagious! And then we would walk down the hill, I would drop him off at school and then I would head to the lake and the fields of my beloved Swiss cows. Once by their side, I would chat with them…telling them about my day and listening to their mooing. As I walked back up the hill to my parents’ home, I felt full of love for my life and this incredible planet we live on.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

Another heart-warming activity I did while in Switzerland was practice the seven healing mantras from How to Bring Life to Your Chakras. The mantras really have become spiritual pharmaceuticals for me. I use each one of them to help access certain qualities I especially want to draw in. Here is how I used these seven powerful remedies during my trip:

  • Ganesh Mantra for strength
  • Saraswati Mantra for flexibility
  • Durga Mantra for perseverance
  • Krishna Mantra to open my heart
  • Lakshmi Mantra to feel comfort
  • Shiva Mantra to feel uplifted and blessed
  • Crown Mantra to feel playful

I am eager to resume the editing work on the guidebook now that I am back in the States so I can make these wonderful mantra recordings and the accompanying guidebook available to all of you!

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Preparations for the Chanting Wisdom course coming up in July at the FICS continue. The 4th wisdom tradition David and I will be tapping into will be ChristianityOne of the chants we will be teaching is This is the Day the Lord Has Made, a gospel song that stems from Psalm 118. The song celebrates this day that we have been given as a precious gift from God.. Learn more about it in my blog post on Chanting the Wisdom Traditions – Christianity: This is the Day the Lord Has Made.

Also, the FICS has great news to share! The school is extending the offer of faculty sponsored scholarships for $550. So, you pay $1200 instead of $1750 for an intensive. That’s a 30% discount!  This is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the amazing course offerings. If you’re interested in a scholarship, contact me at 720-308-6782.

The FICS has an incredible line-up of remaining summer intensives.  Each one offers the opportunity for enriching and enlightening experiences. Check out the details for Summer Intensives 3, 4 and 5 here.

Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018

Private Sessions resume this week. If you are suffering and would like some deep spiritual support, give me a call or email me. (720 308 6782, jeanninegoodeallen@gmail.com) I prefer to meet in person, but am also available for sessions on the phone or via Skype. Find out more about private sessions on my website.

I will close with this fun photo from my trip. While in Switzerland I experienced the excitement of the World Cup. Switzerland played Brazil (one of the favorites to win the Cup) and pulled off a 1-1 final score! Those of you who know me well, know I am a fanatic sports fan. The Swiss soccer team is HOT this time around. Hop Schwiez! My hope for the final game is that it will be Switzerland against Mexico!!! Now that would be heart-warming.

All right dear ones. May your hearts be warmed this week.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Spend a little time this summer chanting with me and David!  Join our Chanting Wisdom course in July at the FICS. Talk about heart-warming! Register here.

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

How do you sense the Divine communicating with you?

God talked to me this week via a rainbow! As you know, I am currently in Switzerland. I am here for two weeks taking care of my mother, giving my father as well as my siblings and their families a two week break. My mother is 88 years old and has had five major surgeries these past two years. She currently requires around the clock care and is in constant physical pain. She is afraid and exhausted. I have been here a week now and am spending my days as cook, nurse and house keeper. I do feel the most important gift I can give though is to listen.

Last night, I was tired myself, after a day of doctors’  visits, grocery shopping and cooking. I could feel my own sadness welling up. I started talking to God, while putting away the groceries. “OK, please let me feel your love. Give me the strength to serve my family.” I felt this tug to turn around and look out the window. And there it was, the rainbow arching over the village down below. I knew in an instant that I was not alone. I felt the comfort of God’s love for me. I thought of Noah seeing the rainbow in the Old Testament. He knew God was telling him that the flood was behind him. He felt hope. I, too, felt hope filling my heart last night when I saw that rainbow.

How do we sustain this connection to Divine love? One tool that always helps me is gratitude. In the Chanting Wisdom course coming up in July at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality, our 3rd wisdom tradition will be Judaism. One of the chants David and I will be teaching is Modeh Ani. This gratitude chant is a prayer that is generally said by Jews when one first awakes, while still in bed. 

Learn more about this beautiful chant in my blog post on Chanting the Wisdom Traditions: Judaism: Modeh Ani- The Blessing upon Waking

Doctor of the Soul events for 2018

I will be back in Boulder next week and will be offering private sessions during the rest of the summer. How is your spiritual life? Do you have a deep and constant connection with the Divine? Are you clear on what your soul’s purpose is? Do you have any challenges in your life that you can’t seem to face? Let me help you. Schedule a private session. Remember, I offer free 15 minute phone consultations so we can determine if I can help you. Give me a call: 720 308 6782. I will be available starting on June 20th.

How to Bring Life to your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

Almost there! I am pouring through the final notes from the last editor. I decided to let David, my dear hubby, read the final draft. Not only did he find the last few typos, he also had some great questions. When my mother is napping, I have been looking at David’s questions and comments and making a few changes to the manuscript. Oooh, it feels like a sacred polishing and fine-tuning. God’s direction on how to proceed with this work keeps coming, and I trust it completely! You will be the first to know when the guidebook and accompanying audio recordings are available for purchase.

The Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Great news to share! The FICS is extending the offer of professor recommended scholarships for $550. So, you pay $1200 instead of $1750 for an intensive. This is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the amazing summer offerings. If you are interested in a scholarship, contact me at 720 308 6782.

The FICS has an incredible line-up of summer intensives. Each one offers the opportunity for enriching and enlightening experiences. Check out the details for Summer Intensives 1,2,3 and 4 here. Here is a little more information for session 5:

Summer Intensive 5:
The Spiritual Experience in Word and Sound
Monday Aug. 13 – Friday Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Modern Mystic Poets as Pathways to Spiritual Experience Seminar with Chuck Burack

I studied with Chuck Burack during my doctoral journey. He was hand’s down my favorite professor. He has a brilliant mind and a huge heart. Here is how he describes his upcoming class:

“In this seminar, we’ll study modern poetic masterpieces that depict the varieties of spiritual experience. We’ll explore such questions as: What makes an experience sacred? Are there stages to the spiritual life? How does personality shape the perception of spiritual experiences? What role do religious traditions play in defining, evoking and interpreting spiritual encounters? How do these supreme moments affect everyday life, self-transformation, social-political action? How can we invite them into our lives? How can we integrate diverse spiritual perspectives? What metaphors and literary devices have poets deployed to express the inexpressible? Poets include: Anna Akhmatova, Maya Angelou, Wendell Berry, Mahmoud Darwish, Alan Ginsberg, Pablo Neruda, Rainer Rilke, W.B. Yeats, and others. Daily meditations and writing exercises will help us connect with our own spiritual journeys.”

Sound and Spirit Art as Meditation with Gail Ransom

This Art as Meditation experience opens the seeker and the worship leader to the use of sound, especially chant to direct and deepen personal and communal spirituality. We will look at the use of chant and chant accompaniments in Hindu, Hebrew, Buddhist. Pagan, First Nations and Christian music, discerning the common traits that run through each musical tradition. We will also look at the science of sound and spirit, including the writings of Pythagoras and Rumi as well as the revelations of modern science, including research on the brain and the effects of chant on health and well-being. 

Students will learn to compose and sing chants, create music for meditation, and assemble soundscapes for reflection. They will practice creating supportive, spiritually connective accompaniments on string instruments, shruti box, ting sha, flute, drum, shakers and singing bowls. Students will also learn and practice how to lead a community in chant and in sacred circle dancing. The course will culminate with students creating musical experiences to guide people through the four Paths of Creation Spirituality.

I will close with these words from David Hawkins from his book Healing and Recovery (my favorite of his countless books!) “The realization that we are the source of our happiness, and that we can create it at any second, gives us a sense of completion…What one does in the world has to be accompanied by the sense of completion in the doing of the thing itself. The payoff is not something that is an aside, something that is outside or separate from the doingness; it is the experience of it in this moment.”

May we all remember that we can create our happiness….moment by moment…

Blessings from Switzerland.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

What a blessing to be Swiss! I am currently in Switzerland visiting my family for
two weeks. How I love this land. My soul is always nourished being back with my beloved Alps. Every weekend as a teenager in Switzerland, my parents would pack us four kids into the car and up to the Alps we would go.  I remember being in the Alps and loving to be awake at sunrise or at sunset. What beauty in the colors where the sky and the Alps would meet… the oranges, pinks and reds… the sparkling greys and whites.  My favorite time on the mountain on my skis was the last run of the day. I remember skiing all by myself back to the chalet where my family was staying. Yes, the final run was the most sacred time on the mountain as the sun was setting, I was alone on the mountain…just me, the mountain, the snow, the trees and the Divine. What solace. The lyrics of the Swiss National Anthem sum it up beautifully:

“When the morning skies grow red,
and over us their radiance shed
Thou, O Lord, appeareth in their light
when the alps glow bright with splendor,
pray to God, to Him surrender
for you feel and understand
that He dwelleth in this land.
 
In the sunset Thou art night
and beyond the starry sky
Thou, O loving father, ever near,
when to Heaven we are departing
joy and bliss Thou’lt be imparting
for we feel and understand
that Thou dwellest in this land.
 
When dark clouds enshroud the hills
and grey mist the valley fills
yet Thou art not hidden from thy sons
pierce the gloom in which we cower
with Thy sunshine’s cleansing power
then we’ll feel and understand
that God dwelleth in this land”

Looking ahead, I want to keep filling you in about the Chanting Wisdom course coming up at the FICS in July. After Hinduism, our second adventure into chanting will be in the Buddhist wisdom tradition. We’ll chant Om Mani Padme Hum, a powerful mantra that is at the heart of many Buddhist traditions. It is believed that it contains the truth of the nature of suffering and how to remove its root cause. Take a look at my blog post on Chanting the Wisdom Traditions – Buddhism: Om Mani Padme Hum to learn more.  If you missed last week’s blog, you can also still access Chanting the Wisdom Traditions – Hinduism:  The Gayatri Mantra here.  

Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018

I’m offering private sessions this summer after I return from my trip to Switzerland.  If you feel there’s a place in your life where you’re stuck and just need some guidance, I can assist you.  I can support you in finding the next steps on your spiritual journey, so you can be the best you possible. Find out more here.

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

The FICS has an incredible line-up of summer intensives. Each one offers the opportunity for enriching and enlightening experiences. Check out the details for Summer Intensive 1, 2 and 3 here. Here is a little more information for session 4:

SUMMER INTENSIVE 4: THE PRACTICE OF ECO-SPIRITUALITY 
Mon. Aug. 6 – Fri. Aug. 10, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat: In the Temple of the Holy Earth with Geneen Marie Haugen

This Intensive integrates the Seminar and Art as Meditation classes as a whole.

This course is a highly experiential exploration of our relationship with Earth, particularly a participatory relationship with intelligent, ensouled, other-than-human beings. Part of our time together will be on the land, in sacred reciprocity with the creatures and presences of Earth. We will attend the changes in our awareness/consciousness that accompany enactments of pilgrimage, praise, wild ceremony, or conversation with the wilder Others – including stone, water, cloud. In addition, we will explore topics such as the interconnection between ecology and spirituality; human imagination and planetary ecology; and the effects of intentional participation on our consciousness.

Register for this intensive HERE.  

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

My guidebook for all 7 chakras has one foot over the finish line. Almost there! The final editing is under way. For now, check out the cover! My step daughter Danea took the photograph of me. What a blessing to have such a gifted photographer in the family.

That’s it for now. More next week from the land of splendor!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  I’d love to see you at the Chanting Wisdom course in July at the FICS. Register here. 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

I hope you all had a relaxing and joyous Memorial Day weekend. David and I were up in Vail resting and  enjoying the lush green mountain scenery.

Going forward David and I will be in full swing preparing for our Chanting Wisdom class coming up in July at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality. From the beginning of time movement, song and story have brought people together. In this course, we’re going to explore these elements from the perspective of the world’s major wisdom traditions.


I thought I’d give you a peek into the course over the next few weeks. This week check out my blog post on Chanting the Wisdom Traditions – Hinduism: The Gayatri Mantra  

Curious to learn more details?  Listen to David and me share a little more about the class in the last five minutes of the video on my website. 

Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018

The Doctor of the Soul group events are taking a break for the summer. I am still scheduling private sessions. These sessions are a wonderful opportunity to work closely with me so I can support you on the next steps of your spiritual journey. I can help you create or expand your spiritual practice, tailored to your specific needs. Let me help you to truly thrive! Call or email me to schedule (720 308 6782, jeanninegoodeallen@gmail.com)

The Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder
The FICS has an incredible line-up of summer intensives on the horizon. Each one offers the opportunity for enriching and enlightening experiences. Check out the details for Summer Intensive 1 and 2 here.  Here is a little more information for session 3:

SUMMER INTENSIVE 3: THE EARTH’S CALL FOR CREATION SPIRITUALITY
Monday July 23 – Friday July 27, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sustainability and Beyond: The Call to Creation Spirituality seminar with Adam Luedtke, PhD and Leah Rampy, PhD

In a time of ecological crisis and confusion, this course explores the intimate and pertinent connection between spirituality and sustainability. All too often the word sustainability is hijacked to fit into our conversations of how best to sustain our current way of life – a way that gives comfort and ease to only a small portion of the world’s population. Yet when we can set aside the fear that blinds us, it becomes clear that in order to create a future for all living beings on this planet, a much larger definition of sustainability and practice is needed.

In this seminar, we will commit together to look through the lens of Creation Spirituality at our current state and boldly face the results we are reaping from a worldview of separation, arrogance, and competition. Our journey will take us from a deeper openness with grief and repentance to glimpses of new creative paradigms based on a story of oneness and compassion. Students will be invited to join in discerning what is ours to do in support of a future that is longing to emerge. We’ll consider what support we need to embrace a new worldview and to equip ourselves to follow our heart’s lead toward greater unity and meaning.

Introduction to Creation Spirituality seminar Mary Reaman, DMin

In this class, students will learn about the rich tradition of Creation Spirituality and the themes associated with the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality. Through course work, class conversation, shared ritual and reflections, both head and heart will be engaged in absorbing the essentials of Creation Spirituality.

Chanting Wisdom art as meditation with David Sharp, DMin. and Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin.

From the beginning of time movement, song, and story have brought people together. In this course, we will explore these elements from the perspective of the world’s major wisdom traditions.

Each day we will teach from one or two traditions. We will give the background story for each of the rhythmic songs we teach. The lyrics will be presented in their original language as well as in English. We will teach accompanying movements and there will be live musical accompaniment. After a period of embodying the music, lyrics and movements, students will be given the opportunity to express their inner experiences via drawing and journaling.

Each day we will allow time for us to hear the voices of our circle as we ask each participant to share their creations as well as their experiences of the day and their resonances with what they have sung and moved to.

On the final day we will conclude with a discussion about how the students can carry the experiences of this class forward into their daily lives once they are back home.

Last Chance for Professor Recommended Scholarships at the Fox Institute

There are still a couple scholarships left for the upcoming intensives. Each one is $550. Let me know if you want to take advantage of this offer! Just give me a call at 720-308-6782. Take a look at all of the offerings for the Summer here. 

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

My guidebook for all 7 chakras is reaching the finish line. Just a few small steps to go. Just in time for summer. Very exciting!

Summer is such a wonderful time to explore new horizons or give a try at something new. If you’ve been curious to explore chanting mantras as a spiritual practice, this will be a perfect opportunity for you to give it a try!

I will close with a little gift for you!  Here is a video of David with the Boulder Chorale at the Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts: The Cotton Club Goes to Church.  What an incredible experience it was!  Enjoy!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t miss the incredible summer offerings at the FICS. What an enriching way to spend a week or more this summer!

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

St Hildegard Class at the Fox Institute

Viriditas sure was flowing last week in my classroom at the Fox Institute! What a blessing to be able to share the Wisdom of decades of my life’s work with the students that were called to this class. I marveled at the art work the students created, especially the final project which was to create “their own Rupertsberg”. (Photo: Jeannine with model of Rupertsberg and St. Hildegard stained glass.)

“What is Rupertsberg?” you ask. Well, when St. Hildegard was in her late forties, she heard a call from the Divine to set up her own abbey. She did just that, taking many years to build it on the banks of the Nahe and Rhein rivers in Germany. She called it Rupertsberg, naming it after Saint Rupert, a celtic monk she felt very close to.

On the final day of our class the students created models of a structure of what they needed to enable them to manifest God’s will for them (their soul’s purpose) in the world. One student created a model of a theater company, another an animal sanctuary and another a sacred man’s cave. One student even created a model of her version of the Universe!

Midweek I taught the class how to sing St. Hildegard’s Kyrie, and then we learned a dance to accompany the singing. I invited the students to incorporate this St. Hildegard Body Prayer into their spiritual practice going forward. To learn more about Body Prayer check out this week’s blog post on the Doctorofthesoul website!

The FREE Tap into Your Soul event held at the Fox Institute a couple weeks ago attracted folks from age 9 – 83, most who were tapping for the first time.  What fun!  The photo shows David and three of the participants, one of whom was our daughter Danea! 

David taught the participants a few tap steps and how they can be used as a model of expression by the dancer. They danced to the song I Shall Not Be Moved and considered Where in life do you need to stand your ground?  Where will you not be moved?  They enjoyed varying the strength and power of the steps to explore more with this song.  At the end of 1 ½ hours, people didn’t want to leave! Tap Dancing is such a glorious way to connect to the Divine.

Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018

Given my travel plans this summer, there will not be any group events for the time being. I’m still offering private sessions.  Just call (720 308 6782) or email me (jeanninegoodeallen@gmail.com) to set up a session. Remember I also do sessions over the phone or via skype if we can’t meet in person.

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

In addition to the July Intensive when David and I will be teaching Chanting Wisdom, FICS has an incredible line-up of summer intensives on the horizon.  Each one offers the opportunity for enriching and enlightening experiences for all.

In June, the Summer Intensive #1, Sacred Space, Sacred Community will offer the following:

Integrating Creation Spirituality into Sacred Community, for the 21st Century –  seminar with Sid Hall

In this course, we will explore what it means to create and sustain a community rooted in Creation Spirituality. We will look at core values and proven best practices that enable some of the existing Creation-Centered communities and churches in North America to thrive. This class will focus on two models: Launching a Creation-Centered community from scratch, and initiating a Creation-centered community within an established congregation.

Writing the Prayers of the Cosmos: Liberating Your Mystic Soul, art as meditation with Bruce Sanguin

How can our prayers and poetry reflect the new cosmology that science has revealed, and at the same time be a true reflection of our soul’s reverence, devotion and gratitude? Our liturgies need to reflect the cosmos as a sacred unfolding in space and time. In our time together, we will create a sacred space to allow the inspiration of the Great Mystery, the ancestors, and creation to be voiced through us.

In July, Summer Intensive #2 The Hope of Political Transformation through Service and Art 

Spirituality Transforming Public Service seminar with Pat Waak

This course will examine the issues of civil disobedience, civil discourse, and social action as tools to reframe political processes through the application of the principles of Creation Spirituality. Reviewing the history of social change movements, this seminar provides an opportunity for participants to reframe and recreate community that serves all of its citizens and to examine the possibilities of public service.

Banners of Hope and Peace: Painting and Stitching Your Prayers art as meditation with Barb Olson

Students will participate in fabric expressions of their own prayers. Each day will open with a focus on one of the elements of the Taoist Five Element theory with its associated color and trait. Students will be guided in daily Qi Gong practices that assist them to listen to their own inner voice and what wants to be expressed and/or released. They will create their own painted fabrics and symbols that aid in their personal expression.

Three more intensives will be offered in July and August, including the one David and I are teaching, Chanting Wisdom. Find out more here.  

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

Are you interested in balancing your second chakra, the sacral chakra?  Remember you have access to the audio of the mantra invoking Saraswati to heal the sacral chakra in my FREE Healing Library.

To deepen your work in this area, consider creating a Saraswati Garden for your altar.

Put some soil into a dish and plant a few small seeds. Water regularly and contemplate and witness the power of creation arising.

Remember that the Hindu goddess, Saraswati, can inspire your creativity in life.  She supports human beings to ignite the seeds of creative expression within themselves and bring to form in beauty that which has not yet come to manifestation in the world.  Whether it’s an idea, thought, dream, song, artistic piece or passion.

Sara meaning Essence, and Swa as One Self comes together as The Essence of One Self.  In the word Saraswati the meaning becomes, “One who Leads to the Essence of One Self.”

Hold this thought as you witness the sprouting growth of the seeds on your altar.

My guidebook for all 7 chakras, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, is coming soon! 

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts presented by the Boulder Chorale

The Cotton Club Goes to Church with special guests Joslyn Ford-Keel, vocalist, and Dr. David Sharp, tap dancer

Oh my goodness, David’s performance this past weekend was SPECTACULAR. The joy that this man embodies when he dances is off the charts. You should have seen the grin on my face when he was dancing. Thanks to those of you who came to see his performance. It warmed my heart to see so many of you there, and I know David also greatly appreciated your support. David loved dancing with the power of the Boulder Chorale’s voices surrounding him. The jazz sextet was outstanding. David especially appreciated the excellence of their playing. The beauty of Joslyn Ford-Keel’s voice is still reverberating in my soul.

The Boulder Chorale is truly a great gift to this community. If you have never been to one of their concerts, I hope you will consider attending one of them next season. For those of you who were unable to attend, I filmed David’s performance and hope to have the video available for you to watch next week.

All right dear ones. In closing I want to encourage you all to spend lots of time outside this coming week. Here in Boulder, the sun is shining again after a few days of glorious rain fall. Oh my, are the birds happy this morning… and so am I!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t miss the incredible summer offerings at the FICS. What an enriching way to spend a week or more this summer!

 

 

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th
at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

May the Force be with us!

Life’s journey can bring surprises. I know I’ve had a few in the last couple weeks! Sometimes, I have to search to find the treasure that may be hidden inside of a surprise that is rather challenging.

How do you find your power and strength in challenging times?  Looking for guidance in how to do this?  Check out my blog post this week on Finding Your Strength in Challenging Times.  

Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018

I want to update you that the Doctor of Soul is taking a break from regularly scheduled gatherings for a few months.  I’m going to take some time to visit my mother in Switzerland. She has had five surgeries this past year and needs some tender loving care. I will also be supporting my adult daughter as she has sinus surgery in August.

I’ll still offer private sessions while I am in town.  If you would like to schedule a private session, just call or email me. (720 308 6782  or jeanninegoodeallen@gmail.com)

The Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder

The students I have met so far in classes at the FICS are incredible beings. What creative and spiritual powerhouses! They embrace their own power as creators of culture and agents of change.They are committed to bringing forth a society infused with a compassionate spirituality.  What an inspiration!  Each one has unique gifts that they are striving to share with the world.

I’d love to have you join us too during an upcoming intensive! See all summer offerings here. 

Professor Recommended Scholarships NOW AVAILABLE at the Fox Institute

Let me know NOW if you want to take advantage of one of the professor recommended scholarships for any upcoming classes at the FICS! Just give me a call at 720-308-6782.  Take a look at all of the summer Intensives. CHECK OUT THIS LINK 

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts presented by the Boulder Chorale
Don’t miss this one!Duke Ellington considered his three “Sacred Concerts” from the mid-1960s “the most important thing I have ever done.” While not trying to compose a mass, the concerts have been referred to as Ellington’s attempt to bring the Cotton Club to the church.

On May 19th and 20th the Boulder Chorale will bring their 110 voices, vocalist Joslyn Ford-Keel, tap dancer Dr. David Sharp !!!, and a jazz sextet to their end-of-the-season celebration of one of America’s greatest composers.


The Cotton Club Goes to Church with special guests Joslyn Ford-Keel, vocalist, and Dr. David Sharp, tap dancer

May 19, 2018, 7:30 PM, May 20, 2018, 4 PM
First United Methodist Church
421 Spruce Street, Boulder

Tickets

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

My guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, is almost ready for purchase!

You can experience two of the mantras from the guidebook in the Chanting Wisdom class that David and I will teach this summer at the FICS, the week of July 23rd.  In the class, we will learn the chants for Ganesh and Durga. These chants will help you gain strength to face any challenge you might be having.

And for those of you wanting to expand your chanting, we also will be learning the Gayatri mantra. This mantra is a highly revered mantra from the Rig Veda, dedicated to Savitr, the Sun deity. Chanting this mantra helps us embrace God, the basis of all life.

It will be a great week in July!

Learn more about the important work of FICS at www.foxinstitute-cs.org.

All right, I am off! It is time to pack up the car with those treasures from the St. Hildegard Traveling Exhibit that I will need today for my Hildegard class at the Fox Institute. I look forward to telling you all about it next week!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Be sure to get your tickets for The Cotton Club Goes to Church with special guests Joslyn Ford-Keel, vocalist, and Dr. David Sharp, tap dancer

May 19, 2018, 7:30 PM & May 20, 2018, 4 PM
First United Methodist Church
421 Spruce Street, Boulder

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

The lilacs are blooming! This morning as I walked out on to my front porch and smelled the fragrance of the lilacs, I rejoiced. Aaahhhhh…there is something about the glorious fragrance of lilacs that nourishes me and fills me with joy.
This is a wondrous time of year for me as I spend time in my garden, planting vegetables and creating magnificent flower pots. I hope you, too, are enjoying the beautiful sights and wondrous smells of our natural world.

What nourishes you? What fills you with joy?

Tap Dancing

We had a nourishing and joyous afternoon at our group event Unleash Your Creativity. The highlight was the tap dancing! After being inspired by watching film footage of the Nicholas Brothers as well as footage of David dancing when he was 25 (!) we enjoyed finding our own PIZZAZZ. Our group was having so much fun dancing…I think some of them would still be dancing downstairs if they could! One of David’s gifts as a teacher is how he is able to show people how to find their own unique expression, thus helping them look and feel fabulous!


David rehearsing a tap number for the Broadway show, “Oh Kay”

On the tap dancing front, David is performing with the Boulder Chorale on May 19th and 20th! This is going to be an unforgettable experience. David is dancing to Duke Ellington’s piece “David danced before the Lord”. This is going to be an opportunity for you to see David tap dance a seven minute solo. As I have experienced his preparations during the past few weeks, I can tell you that he is channeling the Divine through his feet. This is powerful my friends. I do believe that David is a very talented tap dancer, yes, but no tap dancer on the planet has the spiritual connection that David has. David is dancing for God. God is dancing through David for us and YOU CAN FEEL IT. You do not want to miss this! (Click here to purchase tickets.)

How do we connect to God? How do we receive divine nourishment and joy? As I have been preparing for the Hildegard class I will be teaching next week at the Fox Institute I have been pondering the ways that we may experience divine wisdom that guides us. I have always been powerfully inspired by the visions, or illuminations that St. Hildegard experienced and then wrote about. Interested in learning more about St. Hildegard’s experience as well as developing your spiritual practice to become more open to divine wisdom, check out my blog post this week on Being Open to Receive.  

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

If you want a sure way to be nourished and filled with hope and joy, this is your last chance to join the May intensive: Inner Greening and Growing NEXT WEEK! I have been preparing my entire life to teach the Art as Meditation class: Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs in the afternoon. The morning seminar will be Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land. Register now.  

Professor Recommended Scholarships NOW AVAILABLE at the Fox Institute

Let me know ASAP if you want to take advantage of one of the professor recommended scholarships for any upcoming classes at the FICS! Just give me a call at 720-308-6782.  Take a look at all of the offerings for the Spring and Summer. Remember I can recommend you for a scholarship for any of the classes.

Chanting Wisdom

My guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, is coming soon!  There is an opportunity to learn a couple of the mantras from my guidebook in a class that David and I are teaching this summer.

Curious about chanting?  Or wanting to deepen your practice of chanting mantras?  Join David and me in our Chanting Wisdom class this summer at the FICS, the week of July 23rd.  Find out more here.

From the beginning of time, people have shared movement, song, and story together. We’ll explore these elements within the world’s major wisdom traditions.

With live musical accompaniment, you will learn simple movements along with the origin, background, and lyrics for each rhythmic song taught.  You will also be given the opportunity to express your experiences in drawing, journaling and with classmates. We’ll conclude the week with an exploration of how you can carry forward this practice into your daily lives.

Learn more about the important work of FICS at www.foxinstitute-cs.org.

I will close with one more photo. These are some of the gorgeous flower pots on my front porch. They are truly my dear friends. You should hear some of our conversations these days! For those of you who are local, give me a call (720 308 6782) and come over for a cup of tea with me and my flowers! 

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  I hope to see you at the FICS Intensive featuring the Seminar: Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land and the Art as Meditation: Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs.  Register now!  

 

 

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Unleash Your Creativity, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
Tap into Your Soul with David Sharp. May 7th, 7-8:30 pm, FICS Community Offering at the Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

Unleash Your Creativity

The upcoming Doctor of the Soul session, Unleash Your Creativity is only a few days away, and David and I are getting very excited and hope you’ll be able to join us! We’ll find inspiration from the incredible lives of M.C. Richards, the Nicholas Brothers, and St. Hildegard to explore our own creative spirits.

Where: Viriditas Home Studio, 800 Zamia Ave., Boulder, CO 80304
When: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 5th

Not sure who the Nicolas Brothers are?  Well, you’re in for a treat!  Find out more about these incredible tap dancing brothers who danced with grace, joy, and pizzazz in my blog post this week: The Nicholas Brothers – Shining their Light in the World. They inspire us to find our own joy and share it in the world in everything we do, with pizzazz!

On Saturday, my husband, David Sharp, and I will offer a supportive space for you to explore your creative spirit through singing, tap dancing, and drawing.  NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED.  Come with a curious mind, open heart, and desire for creative exploration. You’ll leave feeling empowered and energized to be creative in your life’s journey.  Register HERE. We’ll provide the tap shoes if you need them.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

My last week has been personally challenging with several unexpected events and also excruciating nerve pain in my arm that resurfaced from a past injury.  It’s moments like these that I am so grateful for my spiritual practice of mantra chanting. This past week, I have regularly relied on the mantras for Ganesh for power and for Shiva to remind myself that all of life is a blessing.  Chanting these two mantras has given me tremendous strength and comfort, even as I journey around town to see specialists to look at my arm. 

These Sanskrit mantras for the chakras are a spiritual treasure chest. Each mantra is a beautiful gem with its own unique healing properties. Once you integrate the mantras into your life as a spiritual practice, they can support you throughout your whole life.

My guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, will be available to you soon. In it, you will learn about these 7 gems including guidance on how to pronounce each mantra. I’ll explain the meaning of each one and why the sounds of each have healing potential.

 

 

 

 

Last call to join me for an immersion into Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs during the week of May 14th – May 18th!

Is there an area of your life where you are seeking healing and/or transformation? I will be guiding students in meditative practices using excerpts from St. Hildegard’s personal letters and medical writings. Immersed in the healing power of St. Hildegard’s writings, students will write a dialogue with St. Hildegard exploring an area of their own lives where they are seeking healing and/or transformation.

Give yourself the gift of connecting to this transformative community that is the Fox Institute!

The Hildegard class is now paired with the seminar: Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land taught by Marvin Anderson. Marvin is one of the most courageous and heart warming educators I know. You will love him. I myself will be taking his class as well as my sister, Nicole, who is flying in from New York City to join me for the entire week.

Register for this intensive today! 

This five-day Intensive costs $1770. I have been gifted $550 scholarships available to new students (degree or lifelong learners). If you are interested in one of those scholarships, please contact me right away at 720-308-6782. I would love to have you join us!

Tap into Your Soul – Free FICS Community Offering
May 7th, 7- 8:30 pm
Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality
1120 ½ Pine Street, Boulder, CO 80302

For those of you who loved Tap into Transformation that David and I offered over the last 5 years, here is an opportunity for you to experience tap dancing again with David. IT’S EVEN A FREE EVENT!

This event is also for anyone who’s new to tap dancing and just wants to give it a try. Come and enjoy yourself!  David writes: “Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to acknowledge and share your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to explore and celebrate the human journey, honor its triumphs and challenges, and spark new breakthroughs in the art of living. We will create rhythms, poetry, prayers and praise with our feet, our voices and our bodies, individually and as a group.

We provide the tap shoes! No experience necessary! But, if you have your own shoes, bring them!”

Dr. Stuart C. Lord named the Interim President of the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality

The Fox Institute is stepping into its next phase of growth, and David and I are greatly looking forward to working with our new president! Here is the press release announcing this wonderful news. I invite you to read about this extraordinary man.

The Board of Directors of the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality recently announced the appointment of Dr. Stuart C. Lord as its Interim President who will step into his role starting on May 1, 2018.

“I am excited to work with the Fox Institute and am deeply committed to the marriage of Eastern and Western traditions so that, together, we may cultivate contemplation into action!”  Dr. Lord said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to advance the mission of the Institute as we inspire courageous, transformative leadership in all of our students.”

Dr. Stuart C. Lord is an American educator and academic specializing in leadership and ethics, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, spirituality in education, and academic governance.

Currently, Lord serves as CEO of Delta Developmental, a firm in Boulder, CO, specializing in leadership development, curriculum design, organizational assessment, and consulting. In 2015, Dr. Lord was appointed Chief Deputy to the President of Wheelock College to advise the president and assist in the college’s leadership transition.

In 2013, Lord served as the new Executive Director of the Emergency Family Assistance Association in Boulder, CO to lead the organization’s strategic planning process.  In 2009, Dr. Lord became the 5th president of Naropa University and led the multi-year plan to restructure the entire University and enhance its academic profile.

Rooted in social justice, Lord has integrated his meditation practice as a Christian committed to blending eastern and western traditions while cultivating spirituality in education.  In 2017, he made a two-year commitment to coordinate monthly service trips to Houston, Texas in response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.  Lord has previously led many service trips to places in need, including Kenya, Nicaragua, and Sierra Leone.

All right my friends. It’s time to wrap this up. This is a big week for me. David and I are going to be spending time over at our storage unit organizing the material we moved over there last October when we closed down our old studio. So yes, I will be looking at the pieces of the St. Hildegard exhibit as well as the set of Feathers On The Breath of God and then of course all the supplies from Tap Into Transformation. Remember the hula skirts?!

The question I will be living with as I organize is: “How can this material be useful going forward?” I will let you know what answers come in!

In the mean time, I am sending each and every one of you so much love. Do join us on May 5th. You will experience great joy and inspiration for your journey.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t forget to register ahead of time for a discounted price for the upcoming Doctor of the Soul group session on May 5th to Unleash Your Creativity.  
 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Unleash Your Creativity, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
Tap into Your Soul with David Sharp. May 7th, 7-8:30 pm, FICS Community Offering at the Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

Doctor of the Soul Group Event: Unleash Your Creativity

The Viriditas Home Studio Tap Temple will be opening its doors to all of you this coming May 5th! David and I are greatly looking forward to the next Doctor of the Soul group event, Unleash Your Creativity. We will be tap dancing, singing and drawing all in one afternoon! We’ll find inspiration from the incredible lives of St. Hildegard, the Nicholas Brothers and M.C. Richards.

Never heard of M.C. Richards? She was an inspiring poet, potter, educator and painter. Check out these words of wisdom from this amazing woman: “Every person is a special kind of artist and every activity is a special art. An artist creates out of the materials of the moment, never again to be duplicated. This is true of the painter, the musician, the dancer, the actor; the teacher; the scientist; the business man; the farmer – it is true of us all, whatever our work, that we are artists so long as we are alive to the concreteness of a moment and do not use it to some other purpose.” – M.C. Richards

M.C. celebrated creativity in all of it forms. Find out more about this amazing woman in my blog post this week: M.C. Richards: An Inspiring Creative Spirit.  

On May 5th, my husband, David Sharp, and I will offer a supportive space for you to explore your creative spirit. We will supply every thing you need including the tap shoes. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Come with a curious mind, open heart, and desire for creative exploration. Register HERE.

You’ll leave feeling empowered and energized to be creative in your life’s journey. As long as we are creating, we keep growing, developing, and evolving, as individuals and as a community.

Join David and me at our Viriditas Home Studio at 800 Zamia Ave. in Boulder on May 5th from 3:30-5 pm for some FUN. Sign-up here. 

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

In my (soon to be released!) guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, you will learn 7 short Sanskrit mantras using an audio recording and guidance on how to pronounce each mantra. I’ll explain the meaning of each mantra and why the sounds of each have healing potential.

I share below an excerpt from the guidebook of an amazing experience my husband had with the Lakshmi mantra for the throat chakra. David writes:

“Something profound and very unexpected happened to me after the Doctor of the Soul class Jeannine taught in the summer of 2017 that focused on the mantra chant for Lakshmi for the throat chakra. I play the key board for these events.

Lakshmi is associated with the throat chakra. I spend a great deal of my time using my throat as a singer and speaker. I sing with a band called Mass Hipsteria – the hottest horn band in the Denver metro area. We play all of the greatest dance songs from the 60’s to the present day. At 61 years of age, I am the lead male singer of this band. 

As I drove to the performance venue that evening after playing at the Doctor of the Soul event, I began singing in the car, warming up. I noticed that my voice seemed particularly flexible while I was warming up. It was warming up easily. I didn’t really take special notice of it. I just was grateful given the limited time I had before show time. My throat seemed to feel really good, and I appreciated it.

As the band soon opened the show and I began to sing, my voice sounded really good — even to me!”

Your can find out what happened next in this story in the entire guidebook for healing all 7 chakras that will be coming out this Spring! Listen to the Lakshmi mantra for the throat chakra now in my Free Healing Library on the Doctor of the Soul website HERE.

The Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Mark your calendars. David will be offering a FREE community tap dance event at the Fox Institute. Check it out!

Tap into Your Soul – Free FICS Community Offering
May 7th, 7-8:30 pm

Please join us for this FREE event: 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to acknowledge and share your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to explore and celebrate the human journey, honor its triumphs and challenges, and spark new breakthroughs in the art of living. We will create rhythms, poetry, prayers and praise with our feet, our voices and our bodies, individually and as a group.

We provide the tap shoes! No experience necessary! If you have your own shoes, bring them!

Professor Recommended Scholarships NOW AVAILABLE at the Fox Institute

I’m excited that I’m now able to recommend 3 new students for $550 scholarships for any of the upcoming intensives at the Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder.

Have you been thinking about taking my Hildegard class in May or perhaps the Chanting Wisdom class in July? (Based on registrations thus far, changes have been made to the Fox Institute May offerings. There are going to be two instead of four classes offered. I will be teaching the Art as Meditation: Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs together with the Morning Seminar: Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land.)

I have seen the amazing experiences of our intensives thus far and I would love for you to experience them! Let me know if you want to take advantage of one of the professor recommended scholarships! Just give me a call at 720-308-6782.

Take a look at all of the offerings for the Spring and Summer. I can recommend you for a scholarship for any of these classes, too. If you are interested, CALL ME TODAY!

Learn more about the empowering work of FICS at www.foxinstitute-cs.org.

Well dear ones, I am off now to go down stairs to the Tap Temple and put on my tap shoes. David and I are beginning to work on choreography for the song Arise by Chris Berry. More on this in the months ahead. This morning my golden tap shoes are calling to me. Do join me and David on May 5th. What a powerfully heart-warming program we have planned for you!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t forget to register ahead of time for a discounted price for the upcoming Doctor of the Soul group session on May 5th to Unleash Your Creativity.


Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Unleash Your Creative Spirit, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th
at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

It’s Spring and what a wonderful time to…

Unleash Your Creativity

In our next Doctor of the Soul group session, on May 5th, we will once again be finding inspiration in the music of St. Hildegard. In addition, we will also find inspiration in the incredible lives of MC Richards and the Nicholas Brothers.Are you wishing to bring creativity to your life a little more?  You know that tapping into your creative spirit will energize you, but you’re stuck and not sure how to find inspiration?  Or are you curious about how the creative can become part of your spiritual practice?Join me and my husband, David Sharp, and have some fun!  We’ll explore in a few creative areas while we experience and discover in a supportive space.  Relax and enjoy as we

SING
DRAW
TAP DANCE

together, in a creative exploration. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE needed.  Just come with a curious mind, open heart and desire for creative exploration. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Sign up here.  

You can discover what calls to you, where your passions lie, what you can engage and take forward in your own life. You’ll leave feeling empowered and energized to be creative in your life’s journey.  Creativity is essential to our health and well being.  As long as we are creating, we keep growing, developing, and evolving, as individuals and as a community.

Creativity is like a refreshing breath of life for us, helping us to thrive.  It feeds us, making us feel invigorated, energized, and alive.  It gives us the gifts of vitality, health and strength.  Sign up for the May 5th class. Join us and Unleash Your Creativity. Purchase your ticket today! 

Curious about how Creativity supports you in your life? Check out my blog post on
5 Ways that Creativity Will Energize Your Life 
 
Fox Institute For Creation Spirituality

I am very excited to send out the following invitation to all of you!

Have you been thinking about taking my Hildegard classes in May or perhaps the
Chanting Wisdom class in July? I have seen the amazing experiences of our Intensives thus far and I want you to experience them! This is a great offer. Consider it and let me know if you want to take advantage of one of three professor recommended scholarships for my classes! Just give me a call at 720 308 6782. Also, take a look at all the offerings for the Spring and Summer. I can recommend you for a scholarship for any of these classes, too. If you are interested, CALL ME TODAY!

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts presented by the Boulder Chorale

Mark you calendars! My husband, David Sharp, is an inspiration to me as he shares his creative gifts in the world on his journey through life. He recently was invited to bring his tap dancing to a special event with the Boulder Chorale. Check it out:

The Cotton Club Goes to Church with special guests Joslyn Ford-Keel, vocalist, and Dr. David Sharp, tap dancer.

May 19, 2018, 7:30 PM & May 20, 2018, 4 PM
First United Methodist Church
421 Spruce Street, Boulder

Duke Ellington considered his three “Sacred Concerts” from the mid-1960s “the most important thing I have ever done.” While not trying to compose a mass, the concerts have been referred to as Ellington’s attempt to bring the Cotton Club to the church. We will bring our 110 voices, vocalist Joslyn Ford-Keel, tap dancer Dr. David Sharp, and a jazz sextet to this end-of-the-season celebration of one of America’s greatest composers.

In his own words, David says, “I’m 61 years old and still growing. I’m still a powerful instrument for alternative forms of ministry. Spirituality is not confined to set modes and patterns. I see tap dancing as a form of prayer, and I use it to teach people about life and to make peace with the uniqueness that they are.”

You don’t want to miss this extraordinary performance! Let me know if you buy tickets so we can sit together!

I will close with these inspiring words from St. Hildegard:

Invisible life that sustains ALL,
I awaken to life everything
in every waft of air.
The air is life,
greening and blossoming.
The waters flow with life.
The sun is lit with life.
The moon, when waning, is again
Rekindled by the sun,
Waxing with life once more.
The stars shine,
Radiating with life-light.
ALL CREATION IS GIFTED WITH THE ECSTASY OF GOD’S LIGHT.

Come and experience the ecstasy of God’s light with me and David on May 5th!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t forget to register for my Doctor of the Soul class: Unleash Your Creativity on May 5th, 3:30-5 pm. At my Viriditas Home Studio on 800 Zamia Ave. in Boulder. Sign up here.